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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Studio and Year: Warner - 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 128 minutes
Genre: Drama

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English/French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Andre Holland, Lucas Black, Hamish Linklater, Ryan Merriman
Written & Directed by: Brian Helgeland
Music by: Mark Isham
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: July 16, 2013







"The true story of an American legend"


Film Synopsis:

Hero is a word we hear often in sports, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field of play. “42” tells the story of two men – the great Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey – whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball.

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In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team, breaking Major League Baseball's infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and even other players. Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey's hopes. Instead, Number 42 let his talent on the field do the talking – ultimately winning over fans and his teammates, silencing his critics, and paving the way for others to follow.

I learned about Jackie Robinson and his 1947 breaking of the color barrier in professional baseball at an early age. As a baseball fan I read books about the subject and his courage, talent, sacrifice and contribution to professional sports in general intrigued me. I have been exposed to racial prejudice and can understand the feeling but I can’t imagine what it must have been like for Robinson. Branch Rickey understood not only that breaking the color barrier was important but also the importance of choosing the right individual to do so. Being familiar with the story of Jackie Robinson I looked forward to seeing this film and did so during its theatrical release.

The film covers the period just before Robinson’s signing and into his first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers. It’s not an especially intimate accounting but respectfully details the highlights, tribulations and guts of a man who earned the respect of his teammates and eventually the admiration of baseball fans. The script eschews an overtly depreciatory thematic tone in terms of the depiction of racial tensions but paints a vivid picture in support of the film’s elements. This is less of a documentary about Robinson’s life outside of baseball as it focuses more on what happened within a two year period which touches upon some of his personal life. I found that to be a little disappointing but understand that in truth the focus is about what brought him to April 15, 1947 and the importance of what followed.

I appreciated the development of Branch Rickey’s stout persona within the narrative’s construct and thoroughly enjoyed Harrison Ford’s portrayal. Chadwick Boseman’s evocative and stirring performance is equally worthy of note and coupled with Ford’s anchors a solid ensemble cast. As a fan of baseball, biopic stories and this particular subject I reveled in the film’s melodrama both on the field and off as well as seeing the recreation of the real people and events that inspired it. 42 is an inspirational film based on an inspirational and historical subject. It doesn’t quite penetrate as deeply as I’d hoped but it stands as an apt tribute to the man that pioneered the integration of professional sports in America.


Parental Guide:

The rating is for thematic elements and language.



AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


Audio: 88

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Video: 94

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42 comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Home Video featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 25 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.2 Mbps.

This is a terrific and faithful high definition transfer that sparkles on Blu-ray. Images are transparent with exquisite detail and a near infinite sense of depth. Fidelity is never in question regardless of the camera’s perspective. Colors are kept within the scope of the historical time frame which means lots of browns, grays, greens and blacks. There is a sepia toned aesthetic that permeates many sequences imparting a light monochromatic essence. Whites are snappy and crisp and grays are multi-staged and layered. Blacks are inky, dynamic and stable and contrast is bold and punchy without overdriving whites/grays and washing out detail. The use of green screens softens some of the background elements during wide angle pans but I never found it to be excessive or distracting. Overall I found the quality of the video to be high. Every scene isn’t always razor sharp but is pristinely rendered with plenty of subtle refinement that increases the perception of fine detail and depth/dimension. Coinciding with the visual style of the film fleshtones are a bit balmy but appear lifelike. This is a noticeably stylized and impressive high definition video presentation that looked great on my big screen.

The DTS-HD MA soundtrack features crystal clear dialogue, robust dynamics and a subtle, yet engaging surround sound mix. I was impressed with the implementation of both spacial dimension and discrete directional sounds associated with the sounds of the game that create an occasionally immersive listening environment. This works hand in hand with a punchy low end that supports Mark Isham’s rousing music while driving the film’s thematic tone. I found this to be an engaging audio presentation that complimented the video resulting in an involving and evocative viewing experience that integrated quite nicely with the source material.

Bonus Features:

  • (HD) Stepping into history – 9 minute featurette

  • (HD) Full-contact baseball – 10 minute featurette

  • (HD) The legacy of number 42 – 9 minute featurette

  • Bonus DVD

  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy
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Final Thoughts:

42 tells the story of two men – the great Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey – whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball. I have seen it twice now and find it to be an inspirational and evocative film that stands as an apt tribute to the man that pioneered the integration of professional sports in America. 42 comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Home Video featuring faithful and reference quality high definition video, resplendent lossless sound quality, and a light but worthwhile supplemental package. I am pleased to add 42 to my video library and highly recommend you check it out on Blu-ray.




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It greatly pains me that I wasn't able to catch this one at the theater with my children. But I very much look forward to turning this one into a family night viewing much like we did with Courageous. As always, your candid reviews are much appreciated Ralph! Regards~
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Ralph thanks for a really good review smile.gif As a huge baseball fan this is a must have on BD.
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I'm not a sports fan, not a biopic fan, and definitely not a sports biopic fan, but will order this.

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Thanks for another great review king P , I will be adding this to my collection on it's street date, I look forward to it and expect I will enjoy it !

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With the fact that this movie will be delayed by two months for rental on netflix and redbox, i will buy this movie from amazon.com at a low price and enjoy the movie. Heard good things about it from people i know.
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I am not a sports fan at all but I definitely am a history fan. I will pick this up on Day 1

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Saw it in the theaters. One of the best of the year.

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Saw this in the theater and already ordered from Amazon.

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Watched this last night and thoroughly enjoyed the film!

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I still have a bad taste from Django Unchained so I'm not ready to venture back, so soon. I understand, but can't imagine the courage he must have had. I'll give it a look though, in time. Thanks for the review.
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just rented tonight. Beautiful picture and awesome story. Will be buying this one
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Thanks for another great review, Ralph! I watched this tonight and loved it. Definitely one of my favorite movies of the year!


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Thanks for another great review, Ralph! I watched this tonight and loved it. Definitely one of my favorite movies of the year!

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Just watched this saturday on blu-ray, excellent film! Great review!
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Just watched this saturday on blu-ray, excellent film! Great review!

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I watched 42 this week and I feel it was a good movie, although it seemed something was missing to give it a fullness, for lack of a better word. Harrison Ford was excellent, and there was one little boy in the stands that did well in showing how fragile a young mind is. Over all the movie brought out what I have seen all my life, that there are good people in the world, therein lies hope for us all. The taste is gone.
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took it in the other night...

Maybe perhaps because I AM a huge baseball freak and (I think, anyway) have heard or read the story a million times, I just wasn't taken in by it. Damn near fell asleep a few times, to be honest. I suppose if you've been much less-oft exposed to it than I you would have a better experience than I did...but even still, just felt very lock-step to me. Oh well, can't love em' all...thankfully.

Picture and sound were just fine.

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I'm dead serious when I say I had no clue Harrison Ford was Rickey in this film. I'm very embarrassed but I'm being honest. Don't think this ever occurred in my life. Crap, maybe I DID fall asleep. Lmao.

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I'm dead serious when I say I had no clue Harrison Ford was Rickey in this film. I'm very embarrassed but I'm being honest.

Make that me too.. I didn't watch 42 at home, but rather intermittently on an AA flight.. I thought the person that played Rickey was pretty darn good.. It wasn't until your review did I realize that it was Harrison Ford!! Now I either have to rent it or buy it to verify!! wink.gif
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Wtaching it right now. There are a few historical inaccuracies but this movie is the best one about number 42 since jr starred in his only movie in 1951. That one was in the public domain.
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It's funny you guys making the comments about Harrison Ford. I just watched this tonight with my parents, and when Harrison was on the screen, about halfway through the movie, my mom turned to me and said, "Harrison Ford would have been great in that role."

My dad and I were like HUH?!? biggrin.gif

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I have only seen the trailers so far, but he is REALLY playing historical role here and myself and my other 55+ sisters impressed with how different he is.
If your mom is one of the original Han Solo fans like us, she probably still subconsciously expects him to look like 1977 too.
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